I was born in 1971. I liked toys that allowed me to build structures when I was growing up: Lincoln Logs, Legos, Erector Sets, etc. But there was one toy my parents bought for me that I've not seen since and cannot find on the Internet, mainly because I can't remember what it was called. I'll try to describe it: [more inside]
My 3-year-old is getting into dressing her Little Mommy doll. I've been using her old newborn clothes, but the dolls are too small. (And the stuffed animals are the wrong shape.) Can you recommend a doll that can wear the newborn clothes? [more inside]
While at Target this evening, I was shopping for a birthday present for a nephew, there were two 10/11 year olds talking about and trading these marble like toys. When they set them down, they "transformed" into something else, there parents were apparently there to buy them but Target was sold out. I heard them talking but was busy with my own kids and forgot to check out the aisle or talk to the people. I'm usually pretty in touch with toys and such, but I have no idea what these were. Any one know?
ObscureToyFilter: Help me remember a toy from my childhood. My siblings and I are remembering plastic, colored blocks and cylinders that unfolded to become characters. We recall a king and queen, almost certainly a pig, and maybe a cow. [more inside]
Getting started with (hobby) plastic welding/brazing? [more inside]
My nephew is 2 and a half years old. What simple electronic toys should we buy for him? [more inside]
Are there any made-to-order bobblehead sites? I've got an idea for a bobblehead that I'd like to offer to readers on my blog, but I don't want to incur the risk of buying 100 of them up front. There are loads of t-shirt sites that charge a flat fee, let the designer tack on a few bucks and then take care of all the rest, does such a thing exist for bobbleheads?
I have some pieces of this toy from when I was a child. My son loves them, and I'd like to find the rest of the set. The problem is, I don't know the name or manafacturer of them. [more inside]
Where (online) can I find a toy camel spider or something that looks remotely similar? [more inside]
Tell me where to find these gross dolls. A friend is looking to purchase these. Where can I buy them?
What toys does your 5yr old play with the most? [more inside]
fisher price toy squid stretchy [more inside]
Toys for very long airplane trip with a 13 month old? [more inside]
Can I actually play my toy guitar? [more inside]
My nephew will soon turn two. What are the awesomest birthday gifts for a two-year-old munchkin? I have a maximum budget of about $50, and I wouldn't mind spending less than that. I would rather get him something thoughtful than something expensive. [more inside]
When I was a kid I could buy the world for $20 but now with $100 I can’t get crap. What can I buy for $100 that’s fun? [more inside]
I picked up this porcelain doll at a thrift store a couple years ago hoping to sell her, but I was never able to identify her age, name, or manufacturer, so I've got no idea what she might be worth. Can you help me identify her? Photos and more details inside. [more inside]
I want to be able to beat the crap out of the inside of my car or truck with some sort of non-destructive implement. What do you suggest? [more inside]
I'd like to buy my one year old nephew some Plan City cars for his birthday - will he choke to death? [more inside]
yesterday, my neighbor was talking about that stuff we had as kids that was basically a little tube of awful smelling plastic gunk and a small straw. you put a glob of plastic on the straw and blew weird, oily bubbles. anyone remember what that crap was called? what was it?
What is a fair percentage of the final sale amount that a store (not a gallery) should get on a piece of art? [more inside]
Gift idea for 2 yr old boy in the hospital with severe burns on one hand? [more inside]
Is there a specific name for the plastic toy robots that look like this? Bonus points for telling me where I can find them in Atlanta, GA.
my daughter has received a webkinz for her birthday, and I am having difficulty registering her webkinz on the website. Has anyone else experienced problems with this process? Any advice?
I'm looking for a very specific (Fisher Price?) record player from my childhood. [more inside]
What options are there for tidying up a child's play area and creating a 'play space' within limited area? [more inside]
Please help me remember the name of a childhood toy. [more inside]
Chewfilter: My dog, a year-old or so terrier mix, loves to chew rawhide bones. Seriously LOVES to chew them. But she goes through them fast enough that I worry about it. What can I get her instead? [more inside]
A few years ago I came across some cool OpenGL 3D physics demo programs. Basically, they gave you a surface with various objects on it, and you could click and drag the objects around, and watch them bounce into other objects - knock down bowling pins, roll along the floor, all that stuff. I want to find them again, or possibly something much cooler or newer - any ideas? [more inside]
I need a musical stuffed bear for my six year old daughter. She loves the one she has and says it "needs a friend." [more inside]
Los Angeles shopping filter: Is there a big toy store like FAO Schwartz in LA? Also where can I buy a working mechanical typewriter? [more inside]
Help me find safe, amusing refrigerator magnets for my 15-month-old nephew. [more inside]
who can I pay for on-line research about sources for parts for toys? [more inside]
You've probably seen this toy Jacob's Ladder before. I'm wondering if there are any other illusions that use the same principle, and whether they can be easily recreated by crafty amatuers. [more inside]
Pocket-sized amusements for children at funerals. [more inside]
What's on the kids birthday lists this year? Parents, please help me get up to date on popular new children's toys and games. [more inside]
Help me find this toy turtle for my boyfriend! [more inside]
Please recommend good cheap(er) Brio/Thomas-compatible train sets. Anyone bought from woodentracks.com?
DIY fantasy toys -- I've been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii, and my 2-year-old loves to watch and play along, to the point of sticking a foam sword down the back of shirt and running around with a Nerf slingshot and fishing pole. He turns 3 in September and in addition to his "nutritional" presents, I thought I would also get/make him some fantasy-enabling stuff. What are some existing toys that do a good job of mimicking Zelda-esque accoutrements, and/or what should be avoided, and/or what's easiest to make myself? An even bigger issue is finding "safe" stuff for him to swing his sword at ... some kind of indoor/outdoor monsters that are at least a foot tall or so. I can see making something out of pillows, or lampshades, or even buying a cheap toy if it's properly durable. Any ideas?
Calling all aunts, uncles and parents: Need recommendations on teddy bears that can handle a LOT of love from a child and can be passed on later to the next generation [more inside]
Is a Gameboy Micro too small for a four year old? [more inside]
For a museum interactive, I need to choose popular kids' items of today related to the following categories: Book, item related to school, doll or figure, indoor game, and outdoor game. Your suggestions? [more inside]
Help me identify this antique wooden game. [more inside]
potate log, late goop, go pot ale, tape gloo, a telo-pog, pole goat, pogo tale, po ate log, lo peg toa, pol to age, ol' pet ago, ego to lap...
How and why do I use my gate/loop pedal? [more inside]
Seeking cheap yet not-lame prizes for a teen summer reading program... [more inside]
How can I add a add a "talking" chip/device to an existing, or home-made stuffed animal? [more inside]
One for cat owners - What toys have you found your cats most respond to and enjoy? [more inside]
Anyone remember a toy series from the '80s or '90s which had figurines about an inch or so tall with magnets in their shoes? I think they were part of M.A.S.K. in space, but I can't find any info about them.